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Advocacy groups aim to further expand LGBT rights at state level

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march towards Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. ...

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State: Colorado bakery did not discriminate by refusing to write ‘God hates gays’ on cake

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Bakery owner Marjorie Silva stands for a photo inside her own Azucar Bakery, in Denver. Silva is facing a discrimination complaint with Colorado’s Civil Rights Division because she refused to write hateful words about gays on a cake for a customer.
The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies has determined that a Denver bakery did nothing wrong when it refused to write anti-gay messages on a cake ...

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‘Religious freedom’ debate headed to Louisiana Capitol

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Louisiana state capitol in Baton Rouge.
A newly-elected state lawmaker from Bossier City, La., filed a religious objections bill Friday for consideration in the Louisiana legislative session that begins April 13. ...

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Faith leaders: Religious freedom fight over same-sex marriage is not over

Friday, April 3, 2015
Alex Brandon, AP
Conservative faith leaders have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage has spread throughout the states. And though stunned by Indiana's retreat from a religious freedom law after an uproar over same-sex marriage, they vow not to give ...

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Nevada GOP lawmakers drop Indiana-style religious freedom bills

Friday, April 3, 2015
Nevada state capitol in Carson City
Nevada Republicans are dropping two proposed bills that would have added religious freedom protections to state law that critics have hounded as legalizing discrimination against LGBT people. ...

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North Dakota GOP governor wants ban on anti-gay discrimination

Friday, April 3, 2015
Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-N.D.)
North Dakota's Republican governor on Thursday said state lawmakers missed an opportunity to protect gays and lesbians from discrimination when they failed for the third time in six years to pass a measure that would prohibit bias in housing and ...

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Nevada bill would extend LGBT anti-discrimination protections

Friday, April 3, 2015
Nevada
Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill that would expand anti-discrimination language into parts of state law where it was omitted. ...

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Indiana, Arkansas look to move forward following religious objections uproar

Friday, April 3, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Two states roiled by criticism over new religious objections laws are looking to move forward after taking different approaches to changing the legislation to ease concerns about discrimination. ...

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Kansas panel advances bill protecting college religious groups amid protest fears

Friday, April 3, 2015
Kansas
A GOP lawmaker warns that Kansas risks similar backlash as Indiana and Arkansas if lawmakers pass a bill aimed at protecting college religious groups, but a colleague said heeding such concerns would be "catering to the mob." ...

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Donations pour in as Indiana pizza shop owners go into hiding over anti-gay remarks

Friday, April 3, 2015
Memories Pizza, Walkerton, Ind.
An Indiana pizza shop that came under fire after its owners said they would refuse to cater a same-sex wedding, have been rewarded with more than $500,000 in donations while the restaurant’s owners say they’ve gone into hiding. ...

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